Alert citizen aids in arrest of burglary suspect

Man has prior history of theft-related charges

A 41-year-old Dublin/Oakland man was arrested Thursday on burglary-related charges after an alert citizen reported a man acting suspiciously near several parked vehicles at 3015 Hopyard Road.

The witness realized the vehicle next to hers had a smashed window and called police, said Sgt. Pat Walsh.

She gave police a detailed description of the man and his direction of travel, police reports said.

Around 11:40 a.m., officers saw a man -- later identified as Derrick Dewayne Fields -- who matched the description.

Walsh said Fields was walking on Stoneridge Drive near I-680 and tried to hide in the roadside shrubbery but was detained.

Fields was allegedly in possession of some of the property from the burglarized vehicles.

He was also identified by the original witness, who found her vehicle also burglarized after she reported the crime, police said.

According to Walsh, Fields has a history of theft-related offenses.

He was arrested and booked on suspicion of burglary, possessing stolen property and burglary tools, and violating probation.

"The apprehension of this suspect would not have been possible without an alert citizen who immediately recognized and reported suspicious behavior to the police department," said Walsh. "The community is reminded to protect their property and help reduce crime by not leaving anything of value visible in their vehicles and calling the police when suspicious behavior is witnessed."

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